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UK Threat Level Raised: what does this mean?

In light of the attack last night (May 22nd) on the Manchester Arena, in which 22 lives were lost, the UK threat level has been raised from “severe” to “critical”.

This move indicates that another attack could be “imminent”, as well as “highly likely”.

So what does this mean for you? It is likely that you will be spending your summers going to events and festivals where there will be large crowds. So what should you do to keep safe? The first thing you should do is acknowledge the security presence. Therefore, if you do notice anything that could be deemed suspicious, you know where to head to. Even if your suspicion is small, reporting your concern is the best you can do. This could be a vital move. Always stay aware of your surroundings and remain vigil.

In the event of an attack, it is important to follow the “run, hide, tell” method.

The first thing you should try and do is run to safety and hide. If you are unable to run to safety, try and find a location in which you can hide. Ensure that your phone is turned to silent to prevent any sounds. If you can, barricade yourself into a location. This will give you more protection.

When it is safe to do so, call 999 and report the attack. This is the most important thing to do. From here, you will know that emergency services will be doing everything they can to help you from danger.

Whilst it is easier said than done, remaining calm is the most important thing you can do. Keeping yourself calm will allow you to think straight and focus on protecting yourself.

More information can be found at: npcc.police.uk/staysafe

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